UPDATE: Family: 3-year-old Chicago boy recovering after surgery following shooting that wounded 13

UPDATED Friday, September 20, 2013 --- 9:36 a.m.

CHICAGO (AP) -- Family members and a pastor of a 3-year-old who was one of 13 people shot on Chicago's southwest side last night say the boy is resting in a hospital.

His grandmother describes the boy as "doing better" and says he's "very strong" after he had plastic surgery. Family members say the boy was shot in the cheek.

Pastor Corey Brooks of the New Beginnings Church of Chicago says the toddler was talking when he arrived at the hospital and is heavily sedated.

Meanwhile, Chicago police continue to searching for whoever opened fire. Investigators say they believe last night's shooting was gang-related, but they still haven't made any arrests.

The shooting was reported around 10 p.m. One witness said dreadlocked men opened fire from a car, but police didn't say how many suspects they were searching for.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted Friday, September 20, 2013 -- 3:00 a.m.

CHICAGO (AP) -- Thirteen people are injured after being shot at a park on Chicago's southwest side, including a 3-year-old boy who is in critical condition.

Officer Amina Greer says the shooting occurred shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday.

A witness, Julian Harris, tells the Chicago Sun-Times dreadlocked men fired at him from a gray sedan before turning toward Cornell Square Park and firing at people in the area. He said his 3-year-old nephew was wounded in the cheek.

Chicago Fire Department officials said the child was in critical condition. Two other victims were also in critical condition. The others were reported in serious to fair condition.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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